Susan Ross, PhD


College of Medicine

Microbiology and Immunology

Cancer Biology

Full Member

Phone: 312-996-4945


Dr. Susan Ross is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Her research focuses on host-virus interactions, particularly murine retroviruses and the new world hemorrhagic fever arenaviruses.For 30 years, her lab has used in vitro and in vivo genetic approaches to study virus-induced cancer, virus entry, innate and adaptive immune responses to virus infection and host anti-viral restriction factors, as well as the co-evolution of viruses and their hosts. Her lab was one of the first to use transgenic mice to study virus infection (1st publication in 1985) and has extensively studied innate and adaptive immune responses at the cellular and organismal level to both retroviruses and arenaviruses.As a faculty member, Dr. Ross has directly supervised the research training of over 50 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D.) and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom now hold independent positions in academia, industry and policy, as well as high school, undergraduate and medical students, many of them from diverse backgrounds. In addition to her research lab, she served as the Associate Dean for Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) from 2002-12.She oversaw a program with over 750 Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. and V.M.D./Ph.D. students and 600 faculty in seven different graduate groups. She had also served on the Executive Committee of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at Penn for 10 years, as well as the Steering Committee for the Graduate Education and Training group of the AAMC and thus has been involved in developing postdoctoral programs. In December 2015, she assumed the position of Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago.Her research is focused on host-virus interactions, virus-induced cancer, virus entry and responses to virus infection.

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